Published: 22 April 2015
Last Updated: 22 April 2015
Created: 22 April 2015
Luann's Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Sparling 2010
May 31, 2013
I am very excited to be nearing three years since my surgery! I had a Wright
C+ done on my right hip by Dr Sparling in Vancouver, Wa. I was 45 at the time of
my sx , female, and am approx. 116 lbs and 5' 2". I have had no real pain since
my sx, other than ( what I know now were) the aches and occasional soreness of
recovery. I enjoy a very active lifestyle, bike riding, hiking, and ( often
extreme) horseback riding. My HR was nothing short of a modern day miracle, and
I feel so fortunate to live in this time of medicine.
I am STILL improving in my strength. I had heard from other hippies that it can
take years. They were correct.
July 10, 2013
Just wanted to brag on how well my hip is holding out! I usually go on an
extensive horse training "vacation" ( ha, ha! More work than vacation, but a
labor of love for sure!) every 2 years. It is near Helena,MT ( I live near
Portland, OR) so it also involves a lot of driving ( truck, camper, two-horse
trailer). I had to skip in 2010, because of my HR surgery. 2013 was my first
year back to it since my hip resurfacing, and I couldn't be happier with the
The trip involves a LOT of prep and packing. Then, round trip, I spend about
30 + hours driving that big rig ( yes, I drive alone). The program in MT
involves taking two of your own horses and receiving instruction on how to ride
and train them better. It requires saddle time equal to about 6 hours a day (
and not just walking down a trail, rowdy and fast reining/cow horse type
riding!) stall cleaning, feeding, grooming, and a lot of hiking up steep
terraine. I was a little nervous to try the new hip on this adventure. It is a
real test! I am happy to say it passed with flying colors!!
All my old friends there were happy to see the new me, comfortable and active
This new hip has changed my life back to normal!
October 28, 2014
Just short of 4 1/2 years and better than ever!!
I just celebrated my 50th birthday with my Conserve + and am absolutely pain
free now and can do anything I please. It just keeps getting stronger and is
something I really don't think about much anymore. Hang in there hippies! I
still am having a love affair with my HR! I always appreciate it when the
success stories check in, so I wanted to update everyone.
I showed my reining horse this year extensively and we "kicked bottoms"! 15
firsts, a second and a third. Many, many comfortable hours in the saddle. You
can return to your passions!
Thanks again, and always, to Pat for this wonderful site. I remember early in
my surgery, her telling folks that she rarely thought about her hip anymore, and
wondering what that was like. Now I know